COVID-19 may have put a damper on car shows so far this year, but luckily Orange Beach Invasion 2020 made it just in time. More than 900 vehicles filled the grounds of The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama, March 13-15. This was only the fourth year of the show and it was packed. With several thousand spectators hitting the venue, it made for an amazing show.
Planning a show can be difficult, but Greg Miller, Robbie Bryant and the rest of their crew did an outstanding job. Orange Beach Invasion is a family friendly event that encompasses a huge car show, food (eggrolls, too!), vendors and a synchronized light show on Saturday night.
Sparkles Detail was on site making sure everyone’s ride looked its best for the judges. Tons of vendors came out to support the show as well. From wheels and tattoos to stickers, apparel and even a Ferris wheel, you could find it. After checking out all of the vehicles and vendors, we took a ride on the Ferris wheel right there on the show grounds, and as we approached the top, we could see the stunning number in attendance. Who wouldn’t want a high-rise view next to the beach?
Lifted, lowered, under construction or fully finished, all vehicles were welcome to the show. This is what makes Orange Beach Invasion such a great event. As the sun began to set on Saturday, everyone knew what was coming next: the light show! The palm trees lit up, the music started, and vehicles up and down the strip started flipping on their LED underglow lights to highlight their ride in the night. The Ferris wheel was buzzing with business as everyone rushed to get in line to see the show from the sky.
After a fun-filled evening, Sunday was another beautiful day at The Wharf. Although it was the last day of the event, everyone poured back into the show grounds for another busy day. In the afternoon, awards were presented to some of the top builds in attendance.
Plans have already begun to make 2021’s event even bigger and better! Dates have not been released as of yet but be on the lookout! Orange Beach Invasion is definitely a show you don’t want to miss! For more information, visit www.orangebeachinvasion.com or visit them on Facebook.
Best of Show Overall
Mike Barcia’s ’96 Chevy Dually
Best of Show Truck
Chris Pate’s ’67 C10
Josh Coleman’s ’67 C10, Carlos Galnares’ ’19 GMC, Frank Breaux’s ’15 F-250, Tony Galnares’ ’19 Chevy.
Derek Belt’s ’99 Sonoma
Joseph Thomas’ ’51 Chevy Crew Cab
Joe Slade’s ’63 Chevy C10
Aaron Kitrell’s ’03 Sonoma
Special thanks to Sparkles Detail, American Force, Kingpin Autosports, Riffey’s Hot Rods, Radical Ridez, Matrix Muscle Cars, Forgiato, Gooch’s Pinstriping, Smithworx, Kr8ive House and DJ GetLow.